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It starts with a spark: a word, a sight, a sound, an idea. Those sparks become songs. The songs become recordings. An album is born.

Songwriter. 

If I were forced to pick one word to describe the professional path along which I tread, that would be it. It's an astoundingly cool word, if I may say so myself, because in order to be a songwriter, you actually have to be a lot of other things first. 

A traveler of roads. A keeper of stories. A diary of thoughts. A student of language. A beating-heart of music. A listener. 

That last one is perhaps the most important. A songwriter has to listen to everything. To words, both spoken and unspoken. To the soul, whether it whispers softly or screams with the sheer sonic force of a thousand maniacs. To the road ahead and to the road behind, both of which either push or pull in directions that can at times seem simultaneously encouraging and maddening. A songwriter listens to people, to places, and to the wind with ears ever-ready and antennae at full extension. 

The songwriter must listen to all of these things before impregnating a blank page with a word-- before fostering and coaxing that word along until it becomes a verse, and then several verses leading into a chorus, and so on until a newborn song can open its eyes to the light of day (or the darkness of night) for the first time. 

If the songwriter can not listen, then all of those other skills he or she has so painstakingly acquired are for naught. 

I've chosen to name this-- my sixth album-- Wide Listener, because that is what I have striven to become over this long musical journey of mine. And, ever the eternal optimist, I feel that I have become just that: a good, roving, studious, serious, wide listener. 

I've also chosen Wide Listener because listening is a trait that both the songwriter and the song-injester (that would be you, of course) share in common. Without listening, I wouldn't have these collections of songs to present to you. 

Without listening, you wouldn't be able to hear them. 

I've been listening for my entire life, and it's my hope that you're out there ready to listen to what it is that I've been hearing. 

Without you there is no musical me.

So, from the bottom of my heart:

Thank you for listening.  

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Write the songs (check)
Record those songs (____)
Mix those songs (____)
Master those songs (____)
Compile the album (____)
Promote the album (____)
Release the album (____)
Tour (____)
Tour (____)
Tour (____)

With your help, I can check the rest of these things off of my list. And, if I've done my best-- which is something that I've always tried with all of my heart and soul to do-- hopefully you'll find something you can love and value waiting for you at the end of that list. A note, a song, a show-- whatever it might be.

I love songs as much as anyone can love anything, and I hope that you'll find something to love between the first and last notes of Wide Listener.

Thanks for being being a crucial part of this process.

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